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Mark Angelo Askew is the author of "Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook and Keepsake" and the founder and director of the Family Reunion Planning Group that established November as Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Indie Author's Exploratorium Dream Part 4

An Interview with Indie Author Mark Angelo Askew - Part 4 of 5

Do you have a serious side? One that addresses the realities of this world?

Mark - "While I enjoyed moments of pure silliness in puppetry, I was very serious about preserving peace, family bonds and enjoying the beauty of the world around me. That message was subconsciously sketched in each of my drawings and paintings. Inspiring people to greater good, the love of family and creation was always the underlying message in his work, even to this day. When mark began reading inspirational thoughts, proverbs, and motivational poetry, he saw a vehicle that could help deliver a message about the power of applying wholesome family values in the life of thousands of readers.

Was your artwork as a child ever put on exhibit?

Mark - "I remember being invited by my art teacher to hang some of my work on the walls of the elementary school portable building. By weeks end I had over 50 drawings on display, transforming both the portable and the entire three-floor adjacent building into an art gallery, filling every bit of wall space I could find. Later, in high school, I won two Scholarships. The Suburban Trust Bank Scholarship and a NAACP Scholarship award."

So you like to draw. What drawings to you remember creating as a kid?

Mark - "The first cartoon character I created was called Winky. A floppy eared dog who was dignified with being the only canine member of a neighborhood kids clubs. Entertaining, making people laugh and smile came easy through my art. But I especially like encouraging families to get up off the couch come together and entertain themselves. That sentiment is reflected in my next book soon to be released. "Best Life Ever - Party And Event Planners. It includes 12 colorful and complete party planners for all times of life from 1st Anniversaries to Baby showers. From Preteen to Teen parties. From Graduation to 50th Anniversaries and Retirements parties with other events in between."

12 Best Life Ever - Party And Event Planners
To be released October 2016

In your 30's you began writing speeches, public speaking before audiences of 1000-5000 and putting on family-themed events. When did you start writing books?

Mark - "I decided that by the time I reached my 50th birthday I would settle down to write and illustrate my first book. Since then I have written and published several books as an indie author. It's one of the most fulfilling things I've ever done. I hope to write many more books #PoweredByIndie and hopefully spark a smile, inspire a hug, and touch a heart for good."

Two Dreams

What dreams do you hope will come true in your lifetime? 

Read more... Indie Author's Exploratorium Dream Part 5

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